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Bizet's Carmen is radically re-visioned by Loose TEA Theatre who is offering a refreshing change from the familiar perspective of this opera. Carmen is often classed as one of the few elite works in the Western music tradition that occupies the mantle of collective cultural memory – and is performed unchanged. On November 22, 2016, Carmen will be presented not as a love story. It is a class story, a gendered story, one that is driven by inequality and abuses of power; by conflict, struggle, and hope.

Loose TEA Theatre's Carmen challenges the view that Carmen is an exotic temptress who toys with Don José’s heart. Can she be seen as simply a working woman forced, by her social position, to interact with the soldiers of the Spanish military elite, eventually leading to her undoing? Is she a woman negotiating her lot within the terrain of a gendered, violent, and class society, whose positions of power are largely occupied – and abused – by men?

This production of Carmen demands that we not only radically reinterpret the way we see her, but also from where we see her. We are enjoined to no longer see her through the eyes of Don José. The immediacy and topicality of this perspective is necessary, especially today when gender inequality and gender inequity appear as acute as ever: in politics, in the media, and in the workplace. It is a reminder that so many of us are Carmen (and not by choice); but, in recognizing this, it is also a reminder of a unassailable hope to tip the scales in favour of a society that is more egalitarian, which sees men and women as true equals in a world of inequality.

Loose TEA Theatre is using this Work In Progress as a fundraiser to further complete the work.
It will be sung in English with a new libretto by Director Alaina Viau, and Music Directed by Natasha Fransblow. The show will run 55 minutes with one intermission featuring piano accompaniment and sound design by SlowPitchSound
The part of Carmen is sung by Erica Iris, John Anderson (Don Jose) by Ryan Harper, Michaela by Beth Hagerman and Ricardo (Escamillo) by Andrey Andreychik.

For more info: loosetea.wixsite.com/carmen

Location: Club 120 located at120 Church Street Toronto, ON M5C 3G8
Time: Tue, 22 November 2016
7:00 PM Doors, concept talk and silent auction
8:00 Show with 15 min intermission
9:15 prizes awarded

Tickets: $30 in advance available at looseteacarmen.eventbrite.ca or $35 at the door
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By: Loose TEA Music Theatre